Russia spent £260m on secret operations to influence world’s politicians, US intelligence says

A ‘sensitive’ diplomatic cable released by the US has revealed more than £260 million has been secretly spent by Russia to try to influence politicians and other officials in more than two dozen countries.

The US State Department took the unusual step of releasing the cable, signed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, that was sent on Monday to US embassies and consulates abroad, many of them in Europe, Africa and South Asia, laying out the concerns.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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